The Multi-Faith Centre is home to a unique program for U of T students called The Poet in Community Program. This program offers you space to explore what’s relevant and what matters to you, through creative writing.
A Poet In Community workshop usually lasts 1-1.5 hours and isn’t as formal as a class, or as casual as a coffee shop. It’s a facilitated creative learning experience without evaluation. Here it’s possible to connect the intellectual with the emotional, the spiritual, the physical and the social.
The program is led by Poet in Community, Ronna Bloom who uses creative writing to address the interests, passions and needs of students. What do you want to explore through writing?
Ronna is a writer, registered psychotherapist (inactive) and author of six books of poetry. Her work has been broadcast on the CBC, recorded by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, translated into Bengali, Chinese and Bangla, and shortlisted for several Canadian literary awards.
Open to all members of the U of T community
How The Program Works
Workshops are held monthly.
Many of these workshops are designed and facilitated in partnership with specific colleges, departments, and faculties, including Innis College, Trinity College, the School of Graduate Studies, Hart House, Accessibility Services, and the Family Care Office.
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I was feeling stuck when writing a reading response to a work by Jacques Derrida. Derrida is known to be an extremely intimidating philosopher, so I was feeling really under confident about interpreting his work. I considered skipping the poetry workshop that morning to work on the response but went anyway and I’m very glad I did. That day our topic was how to write when feeling stuck. I ended up writing a letter to Derrida explaining my frustrations. It was humorous but somehow it helped me take the whole thing less seriously, and approach the text without reservations. I wrote my response that day and I received a grade I was really happy with.
We learned a new way of expressing ourselves through poetry and the written word for personal growth. As engineers, we commonly use our analytical skills and rarely our creative linguistic abilities.
Ronna’s session last year was revolutionary and so vital for many of our students who were suddenly able to see and begin to honour their creative and literary potential relative to their work and vocational calling.
Prof. Joy Fitzgibbon